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Cricket's last appearance at the Olympics

Just Isn’t CricketBy now we are sure your Olympic fever has reached its zenith and you’re just a blur of patriotic face paint, broken vuvuzelas and home-made medals clustered around your neck. But today marks one of the more curious summer Olympic events, as, in 1900, the cricket competition got off to a rousing start. Or rather it didn’t, as two of the original teams dropped out, leaving... Read more >

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The first round-the-world telegram is sent

On this day in 1911, a dispatcher in the New York Times office sends the first telegram around the world via commercial service. Exactly 66 years later, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sent a different kind of message – a phonograph record containing information about Earth for extraterrestrial beings – shooting into space aboard the unmanned spacecraft Voyager II. ... Read more >